Grief and Loss Workshop

Grief and loss can have a significant impact on your recovery.

Loss and grieving are associated with feelings of deep sadness, guilt, regret, anger, and a yearning for who or what you have lost.

Grief can manifest as feelings of meaninglessness, hopelessness, and despair. However, grief can also manifest in the body as a sense of relief. Grief is a complex emotion and takes many who experience it by surprise.

While it is typically associated with a loved one’s death, grief can also arise following the end of a relationship. Some people are surprised by the intensity of their grief, even after a toxic relationship.

Our grief and loss intensive recovery workshop at Cirque Lodge helps clients understand and healthily process their loss. We can help you overcome pain and sadness and teach you the coping skills necessary to prevent this complex emotion from hindering your recovery process.

Understanding Grief

Understanding Grief

When we grieve, our thoughts can take on a life of their own.

Typically, we bounce between thoughts and feelings of regret, denial, anger, and confusion. These thoughts are troubling at times but can be comforting to others.

In one moment, we may find ourselves thinking, ‘I wish there were something I could have done,’ or ‘it’s not fair,’ while other times we might think ‘this is how things are,’ or ‘he had a good life.’ This bouncing between thoughts and feelings is how we make sense of the loss we have experienced.

Laughter, crying, sharing feelings, being together with a loved one, or being alone are common grieving behaviors. Some people engage in intensive exercise or journal their thoughts and emotions.

Examples of grief include:

  • Death of a friend or family member
  • The death of a loved one
  • Loss of a long-term relationship
  • Multiple losses
  • Loss of one’s sense of self
  • Experiencing loss in childhood

Grief, Loss, and Addiction

Grief and loss can hinder your recovery success. In rehab, we show you how to deal with daily stressors and triggers. However, grief and loss are powerful feelings and take many clients in recovery by surprise.

Although you will build your emotional resilience and adaptive coping skills in rehab, grief and loss can harm your mental and behavioral health and put you in a vulnerable position.

The five stages of grief, as identified by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in her landmark book Death and Dying, are:

  • Denial – avoidance, shock, confusion, fear
  • Anger – frustration, agitation, anxiety
  • Bargaining – finding meaning, reaching out, sharing your story
  • Depression – helplessness, despair, hostility
  • Acceptance – exploring options, setting intentions

As you move through each stage of grief, you might experience triggers that make you want to use drugs or alcohol again. According to the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, grief is a vulnerable time in anyone’s life. It often leads to defensive or maladaptive coping behaviors.

Suppose you have a history of addiction or poor mental health. In that case, grieving can evoke the wounded part of yourself that led to the addiction or mental health issues in the first place.

In our intensive workshop, we help you understand what grief is, how it works, and how you can prepare yourself to handle all of the feelings that accompany it. Ultimately, our workshop helps you develop the strength and resilience needed to sustain your recovery in the face of grief.

Symptoms of Grief

People who are struggling with grief may experience a variety of emotions and feelings. According to World Psychiatry, it is common to feel:

  • Sadness
  • Emotional numbness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation, irritation
  • Anger
  • Confusion, disorientation
  • Reduced concentration, inattentiveness

These feelings can be overwhelming and may lead a person to engage in risky behaviors to cope. Substance misuse is a common health-risk behavior people engage in to cope with their grief.

Unfortunately, any relief gained from substance use eventually wears off. If a person continues to use a substance in this way, they are likely to develop a severe addiction.

At Cirque Lodge, we help you process all of the feelings and emotions that accompany your grief. Through understanding, we can develop our awareness and give ourselves the compassion and love we need. In the workshop, you can rely on our team’s loving and compassionate support and that of the other clients sharing this stage of your journey with you.

Benefits of the Grief and Loss Workshop at Cirque Lodge

Benefits of the Grief and Loss Workshop at Cirque Lodge

At Cirque Lodge, we offer an intensive grief and loss recovery workshop.

Our workshop helps you understand the nature of grief and loss and how they influence our behavior and well-being.

Throughout the workshop, you will benefit from the compassionate support of our attuned team members. They will guide you through the healthiest ways of processing your grief and will help you develop healthy coping skills to use after treatment.

At the end of this intensive workshop, you can expect:

  • To understand and feel able to normalize your feelings of grief
  • To explore a specific situation that may be difficult to process, such as the loss of a particular family member, or coping with how a death happened
  • To learn and apply healthy coping skills during and after the workshop
  • Learn to apply to Five Written Expression of Grief

Our Grief and Loss Workshop provides a safe space in which you can explore your challenging feelings in a compassionate and supportive environment. Our workshops take place in a group setting, so you can share your stories, experiences, and feelings with others who understand. In the workshop, each client learns how to process and let go of the guilt, shame, resentment, and despair associated with grief and loss.

Elements of the Grief and Loss Workshop

Elements of the Grief and Loss Workshop

Throughout the workshop, clients participate in group sessions.

Each person gets to share their story and listen to the stories of others. Throughout the workshop, you will learn about:

  • The stages of grief
  • Common thoughts and feelings that people have when they are grieving
  • The Five Written Expression of Grief
  • Writing your own story
  • Groundedness
  • Family roles in grieving
  • Letting go
  • Integration of your feelings and experiences
  • Acknowledgment of yourself and others
  • Setting positive intentions moving forward
Prerequisites for the Grief and Loss Workshop

Prerequisites for the Grief and Loss Workshop

Before entering the grief and loss workshop, we require participants to have completed a minimum of 30 days in rehab at Cirque Lodge.

Rehab provides an initial foundation from which you can begin to work your grief.

You will already be familiar with the facility, the team, and the atmosphere under which we provide treatment. This makes it easier to transition from rehab into the workshop.

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